Away | 25 September 2016 | Attendance: 316
Rhyl's six match unbeaten run in all competitions came to a disappointing end at Gap Connah's Quay as the hosts ran out 2-0 winners. Rhyl's preparations for the match were altered when James Bell had to drop out through injury with Aaron Simpson coming into midfield and Dan Collins joining the starting XI.
The opening exchanges in the match were fairly even with a looping header over the bar from Carl Lamb and as the match progressed the strong winds had an impact as Rhyl had the wind in their favour first half. However Gap Connah's Quay took advantage of a spell of pressure with Les Davies on hand to score from six yards out following a cross from the lively Nathan Wolfe.
Despite going a goal down Rhyl continued to press with Rob Hughes forcing a save from Danby after a good run in the 27th minute and then Toby Jones foxed the defenders on the Rhyl left and provided a great cross for Carl Lamb who put the chance wide. The half finished in lively fashion as Carl Lamb chased a ball into the box and following a clash with John Danby the keeper reacted and following a spell of pushing both players went into the book.
Rhyl's injury woes continued at half time with Rakim Newton replacing the injured Alex Jones but with the Lilywhites playing into the wind in the second half Rhyl adjusted to the conditions and continued to create half chances. 10 minutes into the second half Rio Ahmadi replaced Carl Lamb and a couple of minutes Ahmadi was fouled by Danby who was lucky to avoid a second yellow for his challenge.
Rhyl continued to press but were finding it difficult to create clear cut chances with Rob Hughes and Dan Collins creating half chances. The failure to create chances was punished in the 82nd minute when a Wes Baynes cross found Michael Wilde in the penalty area and Wilde rose to place his header past Owen Evans and secure all three points for the Nomads.
After recent results and performances a disappointing afternoon for Niall McGuinness young team as Gap Connah's Quay maintained their unbeaten run in the league and stayed second with Rhyl dropping down to 4th in the table, level with 3rd place Bangor City.
Photos courtesy of Nik Mesney